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ID: 180268.0, MPI für demografische Forschung / Publikationen des MPI für demografische Forschung
Introduction: Agent-Based Computational Demography
Authors:Billari, Francesco C.; Ongaro, Fausta; Prskawetz, Alexia
Place of Publication:Heidelberg [et al.]
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2003
Title of Book:Agent-Based Computational Demography: using simulation to improve our understanding of demographic behaviour
Start Page:1
End Page:17
Full Name of Book-Editor(s):Francesco C. Billari, Alexia Prskawetz
Audience:Experts Only
Intended Educational Use:No
Abstract / Description:Originating from developments in computer science (also applied to natural sciences), a computational approach to the study of human behavior has developed that has gathered impetus in the literature during the 1990s. Agent-based computational models have become more and more used in the social sciences (i.e. in economics with the idea of Agent-based Computational Economics (ACE), and in sociology with the idea of Social Simulation). Different to the approach based on statistical analysis of behavioral data that aims to understand why specific rules are applied by humans, agent-based computational models pre-suppose (realistic) rules of behavior and try to challenge the validity of these rules by showing whether they can or cannot explain macroscopic regularities. In this introductory chapter, we argue that in order to study human populations, agent-based approaches are particularly useful from various theoretical perspectives. We urge demographers and other scholars interested in population studies to look at Agent-Based Computational Demography (ABCD) as a promising stream of research, which can improve our understanding of demographic behavior. We review and use the chapters of this book to substantiate our argumentations.
Last Change of the Resource (YYYY-MM-DD):2003
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:InBook
Communicated by:N. N.
Affiliations:MPI für demografische Forschung
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